Glen Olson

September 23, 2018

LAUREL — Memorial services for Glen M. Olson, 92, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the United Presbyterian Church in Laurel. He had requested his body be donated to Sanford School of Medicine for research.

He died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.

Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion, S.D., is in charge of arrangements.


Glen Milo Olson, son of Elizabeth (Blatchford) and Oscar Olson was born Aug. 22, 1926, at Hartington. He attended Sunny Lea School, and due to his father’s failing health, assisted with the farming.

On June 6, 1948, he married Janet Domina of Randolph, and they continued farming until 1995, when he retired and moved to Laurel.

Glen was active in church and community activities, being an active member and elder of United Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 248, a longtime volunteer at Hillcrest Care Center and a member of Farm Bureau and Farmers Union. He served as secretary of the Hartington Farmers Union Co-op for many years.

He received numerous awards for his soil and water conservation efforts, including the Omaha World Herald Master Farmer Award, the Sioux City Journal Marc Cox Award and the Nebraska Good Earth Farmer Award. Visitors from several foreign countries came to view several of his practices. Glen enjoyed sports and was always ready to share his woodworking and handyman skills.

Survivors include his spouse, Janet of 70 years; a daughter, Marsha (Kent) Prior of Lincoln; his sons, Gaylund (Janis) Olson of Hebron, N.D., and Gordon (Latricia) Olson of Hartington and Gary (Susan) Olson of Iowa City, Iowa. He treasured his 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Alva (Martha) Olson and Ralph (Marjorie) Olson; a sister, Vivian (Elmer) Lindley; and a granddaughter, Sherry Bruggeman.

Condolences may be posted online to www.koberfuneralhome.com.

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